Acting Amid Skepticism: Ministry of economy seeks media, public ‘tip-offs’ for better anti-trust policies
While the initiative of Armenia’s government to fight corruption appears to be gaining new forms, many observers and opposition members remained skeptical and unconvinced, discarding the process as another “imitation”.
Defeating the Purpose?: Minister suggests granting monopoly to sugar importation as part of anti-trust fight
The statement by Armenia’s Economy Minister Artsvik Minasyan about the possible official granting of a monopoly for sugar importation has deepened public skepticism regarding the government’s declared anti-trust and anti-corruption efforts.
Armenian Prime Minister Hovik Abrahamyan has given the economy minister a month to develop guidelines with detailed description of importation procedures related to a number of essential goods whose trade in Armenia is perceived to be monopolized.
According to Armenian aviators, the country lacks a legal basis and liability for the development of aviation and the imperative of having a national carrier requires statesmanship and protectionism.
Fight for Demonopolization: Expert says political decisions needed to deal with market “concentration”
While the Armenian government is taking steps to regulate “high concentration” areas of the economy, many in the country still remain skeptical about its having the necessary political will to fight against corruption and monopolies.
Although Russia has reduced the price of natural gas supplied to Armenia by 9 percent at the border, it is still unclear at what price the final consumers in the South Caucasus country will get it.
Qatar Airways has announced the start of service from Yerevan Zvartnots Airport beginning May 16.
The escalation of the conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh will have no negative impact on Armenia’s rate of economic growth, according to Economy Minister Artsvik Minasyan.
The first smartphone made in Armenia, called the ArmPhone, went on sale this week. Various Armphone models were unveiled during a kick-off celebration on Monday held as part of a marketing campaign called “It’s Time for Armenian [products].”
Despite the optimism of Armenia’s authorities, the economy of the country, directly and indirectly, will bear negative consequences of the four-day war in Nagorno-Karabakh earlier this month, say economists, who also predict that a possible increase in military spending could become a bigger burden on the country’s economy.
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